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Full-Day Small-Group Rotorua Shore Excursion From Tauranga

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  • Full-day small-group Rotorua shore excursion, from Tauranga
  • Sample fresh kiwi fruit at a kiwi orchard
  • Take in Lake Rotorua, Mount Maunganui, Redwood Forest, Government Gardens, and more
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Full-Day Small-Group Rotorua Shore Excursion From Tauranga
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Full-Day Small-Group Rotorua Shore Excursion From Tauranga
From $69.47
Overview
When your cruise ship docks in Tauranga, experience the wonders of New Zealand's North Island in a small group on this full-day tour to Rotorua. Take in sights such as Mount Maunganui, Sulphur Bay on Lake Rotorua, hot springs around Rotorua, and places of importance to the Maori people. Taste fresh kiwi fruit at an orchard, stroll through the Redwood Forest, and admire the manicured grounds of Government Gardens. Your small-group tour includes guide, entrance fees, air-conditioned transportation, and port pickup and drop-off.
What to Expect

After meeting your friendly tour guide at the Port of Tauranga gates, your tour begins with a gentle drive past Mount Maunganui and along the coast showcasing the stunning white sandy beaches as you are told a little about the region and its history. Hear Maori legends and learn why the area was named the Bay of Plenty. 
 
Stopping at a Kiwi fruit orchard, you have a chance to view the vines and taste the green and gold kiwi fruit and juices. Learn about the significance of the kiwi fruit to the region. After this it’s back on the road as we wind our way through the rolling countryside past the dense pine forest plantations to arrive at the geothermal heart of New Zealand, Rotorua. The next stop is a visit to the Redwood Forest where you'll take a walk among these impressive trees. There are also great examples of the unique Silver Fern of New Zealand.
 
Rotorua has a staggering 18 lakes and you will see several of them on this tour. All the Rotorua lakes are craters, calderas or valleys blocked by lava flows and they are usually nestled among steep green hills of native vegetation and are indeed spectacular. Sulphur Bay on Lake Rotorua is stunning in its own barren way. This is a unique ecological area where the birds and vegetation have adapted to the acidic conditions. Talk about why the waters are so milky and how geysers and boiling mud pools evolve. You may even see some boiling hot spots on the water’s edge and marvel at how the wildlife survives.
 
Take a detour to the Government Gardens. This area was gifted to the New Zealand Government by the local Maori tribe the Te Arawa for "the benefit of the people of the world". The impressive Elizabethan style building dominating the grounds was the first investment by the NZ Government in tourism. It has gone from being a health spa facility being a museum. Your guide will point out some of the features of the gardens and stop for photos among the impressive flowerbeds. 
 
Visit the town "hot spot", Kuirau Park and get up close to some active geothermal features. See bubbling mud pools, steaming lakes and crystal clear boiling hot springs. There is even time for a relaxing foot soak in a thermal mineral pool heated with hot spring water right there at the source! You will be amazed at how soft and silky your feet will feel afterwards.
 
Travel back to Tauranga via steep sided gorges with great examples of NZ lowland forest. After a great day out, be taken back at the port in plenty of time to board your ship with lots of great memories and photos to remember your day.

Reviews (60)
1 - 5 of 15 reviews
Reviewed 2 days ago
Great Private Tour

We enjoyed the tour that Garry took us on. It was nice to go somewhere other than the geyser and Maori village where all the tour busses go. Garry is also very knowledgeable and gave commentary throughout, although a touch more than needed at times...More

Thank Javid K
Reviewed 6 days ago via mobile
Disappointed!

I wouldn't call 24 people on an old small bus, a small group tour. The seats were uncomfortable and the front tires were bald. I felt unsafe on the roads in the pouring rain! The driver) guide said it wasn't one of their regular vehicles....More

1  Thank Mindi S
Reviewed 2 weeks ago
Rotorua Naturally Tour

Fantastic service and communication from the get go with Karen and then on the day with our guide. The itinerary was wonderful, spaced well and included a range of quick stops as well as more lengthy ones. With only 4 in our group (2 of...More

Thank whytefish
Reviewed 2 weeks ago
Guided tour of Rotorua

Gerry the guide had a great personality and answered many questions - booked this independent of the ship tour at far less money

Thank Excursion601581
Reviewed 4 weeks ago
Garry was terrific!

Garry led us on a very interesting and educational tour of the Tauranga and Rotorua area. Of special interest was a short walk between Green Lake and Blue Lake, and a stop in a redwood forest which was lovely. It was a great day, and...More

2  Thank chickadeeflies
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At the top of the page, the tour, click on By: Cruise Tours Tauranga and it will go to the providers page and just under the photos on the rhs is Contact: their website and email is listed
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